Pressed flowers make lovely pieces of decor when framed, but these delicate masterpieces will fade and decay if they aren’t cared for properly. Framing pressed flowers is much more involved than slipping a picture into a photo framing or even framing a traditional piece of art. By taking the proper precautions, protect your framed flowers from the elements. If you preserve pressed flowers correctly, you can ensure that they will stay fresh and vibrant for years.
Glue the pressed flowers onto heavy paper or card stock. Use a small paintbrush and glue to affix the flowers to the paper. Consider including a poem or picture beside the pressed flowers for a more meaningful display.
Store the pressed flower artwork in a sealed box with silica gel overnight to remove all moisture from the piece.
Remove the backing of the picture frame and set the pressed flower art face down on the glass. Make sure that the glass is clean and dry.
Set any matting you may be using on top of the artwork.
Cut a piece of desiccant board to the same size as the piece of glass. Lay the desiccant board on top of the matting or artwork. This will absorb any moisture that may remain in the picture, or seep in through the frame over time.
Cut a piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil to the size of the glass. Lay the foil on top of the desiccant board. Secure the foil to the glass of the frame with aluminum tape. The tape must be wrapped around the edges of the glass. Make sure that the tape only covers the part of the glass to be covered by the frame. This will form a seal, protecting the pressed flowers from outside elements.
Lay the sealed glass inside the frame and secure the frame’s backing. If the backing is loose, place a piece of heavy paper in between the backing and the foil to keep it from tearing.